Behavioral Health Lead, Program Supervisor II

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Mental Health
Posted on October 5, 2021
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The Department of Community and Human Services values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with lived experiences.  

King County's Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) provides equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, and connected to community.

King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is standing up locations around King County for isolation & quarantine.  COVID Recovery and Congregate Care Centers will be providing isolation and quarantine for individuals who are either COVID symptom compatible and pending testing or who are COVID positive and cannot isolate or quarantine where they currently reside. These facilities are voluntary for people who stay there. This position will be part of a 24 hour onsite multidisciplinary team that offers support to guests and each other.  Behavioral health support staff will be asked to provide de-escalation and crisis intervention support for guests who experience a behavioral health event. The goal is to support the comfort of the guest and to promote their remaining in quarantine for the time necessary to obtain test negative results and/or complete the isolation period. The majority of these interventions will be completed telephonically.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The Department of Community and Human Services values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with lived experiences.  

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must submit an online King County application and respond to the supplemental questions. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the requested and relevant information in the online application and supplemental questionnaire. Applications and/or supplemental questionnaires that state, “see my resume” are considered incomplete and will not be considered to be competitive.

WORK SCHEDULE/CONDITIONS: This is a Special Duty Assignment or Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) position anticipated to end June 30, 2022, but subject to change dependent on operational need. This is an on-site position and work schedules may include days, evenings, nights (graveyard), weekends, and holidays. The full-time position shifts work up to 40 hours a week. This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not eligible for overtime. 

RECRUITER: Susan Churchill, 

Job Duties

  • Facilitate daily huddles with clinical team on-site.
  • Participate in case reviews and lead case staffing meetings as appropriate.
  • Plan, organize, schedule and coordinate work activities of assigned unit; prepare work schedules and staffing plans.
  • Provide on-site presence for training, clinical supervision and technical support for staff.
  • Provide guidance assistance to staff; solve problems occurring within the group; resolve complaints.
  • Oversee the behavioral health support team conducting screenings, intakes, on-site support and discharge planning for each guest.
  • Collaborate with on-site medical team, security team and management.
  • Coordinate with existing behavioral health providers to support service planning.
  • Conduct chart reviews of progress notes, intake documents and safety plans.
  • Lead special projects, quality assurance and improvements plans.
  • Rotate into a 24/7 call schedule.
  • Report to the Isolation and Quarantine Site Director.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Either lived or working experience in the behavioral health field.
  • Experience forming clinical rapport with individuals with behavioral health disorders.
  • Experience with milieu management including de-escalation, crisis management and motivational interventions.
  • Must be in good standing with all licensing entities both locally and nationally.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check on a post offer/pre-employment basis. 


  • Licensed Mental Health Professional and/or Substance Use Disorder Counselor.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
Are you licensed in any of the following fields:
  • Mental Health
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • I am not licensed in any of the above fields
Are you a mental health professional as defined in WAC 388-877-0500?
  • Yes
  • No
King County has transformed its work on equity and social justice from an initiative to an integrated effort that applies the principle "fair and just" intentionally in all the county does in order to achieve equitable opportunities for all people and communities. What role do you see the BH staff playing in advancing King County's equity and social justice goals?

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